After only managing a 2-2 draw at home to West Brom last time out in the Premier League, Aston Villa will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they take on Everton on Saturday night.
Dean Smith’s side were rescued by a late goal from substitute Keinan Davis and now face a Toffees outfit who will no doubt be bouncing after beating Arsenal 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium last week.
The Villa manager will have some big decisions to make both in defence and midfield, and it will be very interesting to see whether he looks to reward those who have performed well when given the opportunity.
With that in mind, below is a look at how Villa might line up for the trip to Goodison Park to face Everton.
The back four could see one key change with the return of Matty Cash, who served his one-match suspension against the Baggies last week. Alhough Ahmed Elmohamady certainly didn’t let Smith down with his performance, it would be a surprise if the summer signing doesn’t come straight back into the line-up despite the recklessness of his red card against Manchester City.
In midfield, Ross Barkley could be dropped following yet another disappointing outing in the Premier League, with the England international having not scored since the end of January.
The Chelsea loanee could well be joined on the bench by the £55,000-a-week Bertrand Traore who was the man to make way for a returning Wesley last week – the Burkina Faso international has also had his struggles in recent weeks, having not found the back of the net since the defeat to Leicester back in February.
In their places, Jacob Ramsey and last weekend’s hero Davis will surely be knocking on the door of making the starting line-up for the trip to Goodison Park and would merit their places in the side if picked.
Predicted XI: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; El Ghazi, Luiz, McGinn, Ramsey; Davis, Watkins.